The Wearproof Leather Co. was started in the 1880s by Amos Cave, son of John Cave, in what had been the family's coachhouse. The stables were the workshop, the hayloft the leather store and the saddle room was the office.
Rushden Echo and Argus, 18th February 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins
COUNTY COURT CASEThe action brought by the Wear and Waterproof Leather Co. (Messrs. Cave), Rushden, against C. Bailey, Finedon, for leather supplied, came on once more at the County Court at Wellingborough on Monday before Judge Snagge. Mr. F. J. Simpson (Simpson and Mason), who represented plaintiffs, said the case had been adjourned from time to time for the appearance of Mrs. Bailey. He had that morning received a letter from Mrs. Bailey, but he feared she was trifling with the Court.His Honour, having read the letter, said he would either grant another adjournment or would order a non-suit.At Mr. Simpson's request a non-suit was entered.Mr. Simpson: What about our costs?His Honour said he could not allow plaintiffs' costs but would see they did not have to pay defendant's costs.
The company made washers for engineering, gas trades and water board, and straps for machinery and decoration.
Gaskets, seals, washers, straps, slitting, leather, cups, contract cutting & samples found in 2005
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